The Dalai Lama Talks Secular Ethics

April 27th 2009

Santa Barbara, California, USA, 24 April 2009 (By Elizabeth Schwyzer, Santa Barbara Independent) - After delivering a challenging two-hour lecture on the intricacies of Buddhist philosophy and practice, the Dalai Lama switched gears Friday afternoon, holding a 1 p.m. press conference followed by a public talk on ethics. In both cases, the Tibetan leader spoke in lucid terms about the importance of compassion, values, and dialogue.

'Wherever I go, I always stress the importance of compassion,' he told a group of about 30 assembled journalists. 'I consider it the source of strength, and self-confidence.' Throughout the afternoon, the Dalai Lama was clear to distinguish between secular and religious ethics, stating, 'Some say there is no God; some say there is God. Big difference, eh? But that is not a problem.' Ethics, he explained to a spellbound crowd of 6,000 during his afternoon lecture, is not a religious matter at all, but rather a matter of achieving a spirit of globalism

 

Latest News

Tibetan Pilgrims Listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Tsuglagkhang
November 30th 2016
Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 30 November 2016 - When His Holiness the Dalai Lama met about 1000 pilgrims from Tibet today, many in traditional attire, their faces bright with anticipation, he told them that since they had come to India on pilgrimage or to visit relatives, he thought he would talk to them about Buddhism before they returned home. “Buddhism spread the length and breadth of Tibet,” he told them, “but not that many people really understand what Buddhism is about.”

Visiting Saitama Medical University
November 26th 2016

Meeting with the Press before Returning to Japan
November 23rd 2016

Interaction with Youth
November 22nd 2016

International Conference on Buddhism and Science
November 21st 2016

Explore